Monday, January 30, 2012

Urbanears Bagis

It has been almost three weeks since I started using my new earphones, the Urbanears Bagis. I've been using them everyday.

I did my research before the purchase and as many reviewers warned, the bass on these is less than stellar. I also noticed that when I tried the sample. It's actually the reason why I took almost an hour in Digital Hub. I couldn't decide. There were other choices but the Bagis were the cutest. I know. Shut up.

The sound quality is not bad at all. My Philips were just better in that department. But you know what happened to those. I'm past the lack of bass issue especially since the earphones cancel out noise excellently. I could close my eyes in the middle of a busy street while listening to Guetta (which is obviously highly not advisable) and I wouldn't know where I am.

One of the things that I hated about my last earphones was the wire. It gets so messy and unsightly. While the Bagis does not eliminate that problem completely, the combination of fabric and TPE cord looks less jarring when it does twist. Although if not for its noise minimizing purpose, I could've done without the fabric and just have it TPE all the way since the former is more resistant to coiling.

Another factor that made me switch is the fact that I can also use these with my phone because it comes with a built-in microphone as well as a remote for easy call answering and ending. The remote is especially important to me because it also allows me to play, pause and surf through songs without having to take out my iPod.

The packaging, of course, is awesome; very quirky and modern. It made the unboxing more fun.

In the box were the actual earphones, three pairs of rubber ear buds in different sizes, a stereo adapter, an Urbanears sticker which is now on my laptop, and 1-year premium warranty. I chose orange because I've done white before.

An additional quirk is the snap construction of the ear phones which allows you to "connect around your neck". It's a cute feature, but I'll pass on that suggestion. It does show the brand's attention to design though.

Urbanears Bagis are not perfect but so far, I'm satisfied. The sound quality is acceptable enough, they look good, and the remote and mic are making me happy.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012


I have trouble letting go of possessions, no matter how old or useless. It's the hoarder in me.

Yesterday, I decided to finally get rid of some of the shoes that I no longer wear. It took me some time. They've been sitting on the rack for months. It wasn't until recently that I've finally come to terms with the idea that they have to go. There's less clutter but there's at least two pairs more that I also have to get rid of.

There just comes a time when you have to stop holding on to things that no longer do you any good.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Copywriting Class

Remember that cutie classmate of mine from last term? Well, we're classmates again in one of my classes. This time, he sits a row behind me. But enough about him. I think I've already mentioned that the prof in this class is difficult. Let's change that to "strict".

The second meeting was way better than the first one. He didn't seem that uptight this time. He made us write essays on our first meeting and returned our graded work last week. While the papers were being distributed, he announced that there were two outputs that stood out and that he would read both in front of the class. The good news is one of those was mine. The not-so-good news mine had the lower score of 97 and the other one got 99. I know, I know. But it would have been really great to score the highest. Oh well. I hope there's more cool activities ahead.

I also learned from last week's class that cutie classmate and I are practically neighbors... Stalking isn't technically illegal, is it?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I feel like such a bad mother. This baby turned 6 two days ago and I didn't even remember. It has crossed my mind several times since last month though.

It's not much, I know. I barely have readers but that's okay. I didn't start this blog for anyone else but myself anyway. I do get giddy over new followers and new comments and hits but ultimately, the goal is to "express, not to impress" as my college mentors said.

It has come a long way from this to whatever it is now. I like to think that, to an extent, it has grown with me. From that boring night in 2006 to this boring day in 2012. Oh how time flies.

I've talked about several issues (personal or otherwise) and has featured many characters by whom, in one way or another, I was touched literally and figuratively. Hahah... I love how I have been able to document all that so once a while, I go back to my own stories and ponder on the changes (or lack thereof) that occurred.

I have to admit. Lately, I haven't been feeling like airing out any of my thoughts. Maybe it's just a phase, I don't know. But come to think of it, I haven't had any blog hiatus since I started this little personal online nook. I know some bloggers do that. But not me. Whether out of town or out of the country, I've always made it a point to update this and save my stories here. I guess it's a commitment that I've subconsciously made to myself and I wish to hold on to that for as long as I can.

As for you, the millions and millions (Hah!) of readers that have shown interest in my stories, thank you.

More stories, more characters and more fun in the Philippines coming up!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Broken Glasses

It's the end of an (eyewear) era. I found them broken in the pouch that I keep in my backpack a few weeks ago. It wasn't until recently though that I felt how much of a loss this is.

I got these from Cotton On in Hong Kong. I had the dark lenses replaced with prescription ones. I miss wearing them and the fond reactions I got when I had them on.

But it's one of those good things that had to come to an end. I wore them to their capacity anyway. Besides, soon enough, I know I'll be seeing things from a different view. A better one.

It's About Time

There's something wrong with this picture. I study, I work and since October, I have also taken on an internship which is ending in a month. No wonder I've been so tired and stressed and have been getting sick lately. What gets me is I don't think the rewards are worth it.

Well, school is fine. In fact, I find my self excited to go to class every once in a while.

The internship was initially enjoyable. Lately though, it's been a drag, mainly because of the excessive number crunching. I have never done so much Excel work in my life. Talk about brain hemorrhage.

As for the work that I do at my uncle's company, well, I'm not even a regularly employed there. The job is uninspiring and the pay is bad.

I just realized that I've been wasting so much time doing things that I don't enjoy. That has to change. I have to turn things around.

This touching TV commercial hits the spot quite accurately.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Breaking Down

The connection between the washing machine and the water supply is leaky non-existent (I had to pull it off). I am so done with this internship. Everyday, I analyze numbers and court Excel from start to end. There are tasks that need to be done at my other office. One of our new professors seems difficult to deal with.

One more little mishap and I'm bald-Britney-with-a-green-umbrella.

I need to go shopping. I want a facial. I want a massage. I have to survive until Friday. I cannot wait for the long weekend.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lovely Breakfast

McDo pancakes and fresh strawberries. Two of my favorite things in one breakfast.

Talk about starting the day right.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Consumer Corner: Philips In-Ear Headphones

There's nothing like drifting away from the rest of the world than slapping on earphones and let good music take you elsewhere. That's how I make lemonade out of lemons when taking the bus or the train or when flight attendants play a game onboard when all I really want to do is sleep. So when my Philips earphones broke the other day, I was so pissed. I only had them for 5 months. That was my second pair. The first one also broke after a few months of use. Same problem. Some wires close to the jack probably snapped and only one earphone worked. It could also be my fault as I like to put my tiny, old school iPod in my pocket where it's tight and gets beaten up when I move around and I store it in this small compartment of my backpack with the wire wrapped around it. Still, at P800+, I expected more. It's too bad because the sound quality was really good.

Being the mild hoarder that I am, I've been keeping the original packaging of both earphones complete with receipts and plastic bags. Partly because there's a warranty not that it still matters now as I'm pretty sure it's no longer covered.

Anyway, I'm done with those Philips earphones. I'm now trying Urbanears, a Swedish brand.

It's partly mostly because of it's aesthetic appeal (neat packaging!) but we'll see if it starts and ends there.

Saturday, January 07, 2012


For someone who is not really a fan of planning, this is too much.

Blank 2012

One I bought because it's cute and the artwork and text were done by good friends. The other one was gifted to me. I'm still not sure what to do with both.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Sparklers and Tearjerkers

It's a new year but for some reason, I feel like nothing has changed except for the last two digits on my calendar.

I welcomed 2012 at home with my family, or at least those who were still there. We sort of celebrated it with my sister too who is in Dubai. It makes me wonder if that's how we're going to spend the following holidays once my parents leave.

It was great to be home. I got to bond with everyone; cousins, nephews, nieces, friends. But a certain pain would pierce through my now less toned chest. It has always been the plan. I've been hoping for it to push through. People asked me how I feel about it and expressed my support for it but it wasn't until recently that I realized how difficult it's going to be when my parents leave for the US and me left here with no immediate family member in the same country.

I always thought I was independent enough. Hah! Now each time I think about it I get so damn emotional making me want to fly back home and just relish the time we have left together.

I understand. I have siblings and I'm sure there have been many instances when they've wanted to jump on the next flight just to hear my parents say everything's going to be okay and feel their embrace.

Oh gawd. The things I'm saying now. This is supposed to be how we spent New Year's Eve with sparklers, polka dots and drinking at the side of the street.

I know I just said it seems like nothing much has changed. Well, now that I'm thinking about it, brace yourself.